|Year level requirements:||Compulsory|
Student placement in classes is based on their achievement in year 8 Science and designated ‘Advanced’, ‘Standard’ or ‘General’. Student placement is reviewed at the conclusion of each assessment period.
In Year 9, students explore systems at different scales and connect microscopic and macroscopic properties to explain phenomena. They also develop their science enquiry skills and the notion of science as a human endeavour.
- Biological Sciences - Students explore ways in which the human body as a system responds to its external environment and the interdependencies between biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems.
- Chemical Sciences – Students are introduced to the notion of the atom as a system of protons, electrons and neutrons, and how this system can change through nuclear decay.
- Physical Sciences – Students They are introduced to the concept of the conservation of matter and begin to develop a more sophisticated view of energy transfer.
- Earth and Space Sciences – Students begin to apply their understanding of energy and forces to global systems such as continental movement.
Each term student’s knowledge, skills and understandings will be assessed using a minimum of 2 tests, and a selection of performance tasks: practical reports and assignments.